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This solution is created when a parent was born between 01.03.1958 and 31.12.1963 in Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia) and Malawi (then Nyasaland) at a time when these territories formed part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Those who were Federal Citizens and did NOT become Citizens of Southern Rhodesia on dissolution of the Federation can, in certain circumstances, pass Citizenship to children born after 01.01.1983 where the families are otherwise connected to the UK through more distant ancestry.

Very broadly, it covers a candidate who meets the following criteria:

  • Born anywhere;
  • Born after 01.01.1983;
  • Has a parent born in Northern Rhodesia or Nyasaland (the two areas of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, but EXCLUDING Southern Rhodesia) between 01.03.1958 and 31.12.1963;
  • The relevant grandfather (so the father of the relevant parent born as per above) born OUTSIDE of the UK (i.e. NOT born in the UK);
  • The relevant grandmother (the mother of the relevant person born as per above) born in the UK; AND
  • The relevant grandfather’s father born in the UK or any territory that was a Colony, Protectorate or Protected State as of 01.01.1964.
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WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.